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Ghosts of the Past

Ghosts of the Past by Alison Oborn - Ghosts of the Adelaide Gaol

By Alison Oborn

Ghosts of the Past was written by Alison Oborn to highlight and share with you the Adelaide Gaol Ghosts and her years of investigating there.

“I felt uneasy and a mysterious chill kept blowing back and forth until it stopped right in front of me.  I was then touched on the back twice but there was nobody behind me.  I then felt as if I couldn’t move before I was pushed up against the wall!” ~ Constance (Ghost Tour)

There is one thing that sets the Old Adelaide Gaol apart from the many haunted venues around the world – the range of paranormal phenomena reported from inside her walls. Encounters here are often frequent, sometimes bone-chilling and always challenging for those who choose to visit.

Enter Alison Oborn, co-founder of the Gaol’s official paranormal investigation team for over a decade, Paranormal Field Investigators. Alison and her team use a scientific approach in their investigations and they will often challenge themselves when things happen … and critically examine the evidence.

But then … there are things Alison has never been able to explain. Things that unsettle even the most seasoned ghost hunter!

Ghosts of the Past is the book about those incidents.

Ghost hunts with Adelaide Haunted Horizons - Alison Oborn

Alison Oborn is an Adelaide Hills based researcher that has been looking into paranormal activity for over 20 years.  In 2002, Alison helped to form her own team, Paranormal Field Investigators, a small but dedicated research team designed to look into the subject of the paranormal in a rational and technical manner.

In 2002 P.F.I. were lucky enough to be invited into the Adelaide Gaol to see if rumours of hauntings there could be verified.  She quickly became a volunteer tour guide at the Adelaide Gaol, which has long been associated with anecdotal accounts of unexplained events.

She is still there more than 18 years later running tours and investigations with Haunted Horizons

Ghosts of the Past is a captivating read!

In late 2010, Alison released this book recounting her team members and her own experiences in the Adelaide Gaol, both as ghost tour guides and as objective researchers.

Alison is a serious researcher who will always try to seek explanations for the phenomena she encounters with common sense and scientific methodology.  As Ghosts of the Past highlights though, there have been many happenings which defy simple explanation.

‘Ghosts of the Past’ was not intended to be a methodical ‘how to’ book, instead, it hopefully takes the reader on an adventure of discovery.  It is about storytelling…. although all the stories that are told are true and were very real to the people experiencing them at the time.

At the end of the day, the author allows the reader to make of these stories what they will.


All done, finished the book last night, now what am I going to do!  Fantastic reading Alison, you have captured the Old Girl in all her glory.  A must read for anyone interested in the history & or paranormal.

Linley Twinning


Australia has such a young history in comparison with other countries, so what we have we should try our best to keep and hold on to.  One woman and her team have been doing exactly that, and I was to realise this when I found myself picking up a book titled ‘Ghosts of the past’ by Alison Oborn. From the very first few pages in ‘Ghosts of the Past’ the author had my attention.  Alison attempts to , and very much succeeds in, taking you on a journey of the Adelaide Gaol.  Her (the Gaol) history and what lies within her walls.  You are not presented just with an entertaining story, but of real accounts that have been documented over years of research within the Adelaide Gaol.  You’ll even find she seems to have a personality of her very own. You will not want to put this book down and by the end of it you will have a new and revived appreciation of our own, Adelaide Gaol.

Leanne Bodycotte

Adelaide Hills

What I personally liked about the book is that although it does chronicle the teams time at the Gaol, it is not done so in a… too in-depth ‘documentary’ stagnant way but is more light hearted and reads kind of like an adventure book.  The chapters are short so it’s easy to blast through one on the bus or when you have some spare time, but I’m betting you will sit through and read it from one cover to the other. Good Job Alison!


Ashley Hall

South Australia

Just letting you know that I have read your book and it was absolutely amazing. My partner and I did the night ghost tour on the 25th of may and some of the things that you wrote about made me stop and think. I was able to picture the areas that you were talking about and also questioned a couple of things that happened with us on that night.  you did a great job, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thanks again.

Kerry Haynes

South Australia

Ghosts of the Past by Alison Oborn - Adelaide Gaol GhostsFOR AUSTRALIAN ORDERS
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Contributing Authors

Alison Oborn,
This Adelaide Author and award-winning tour operator has not only been researching the paranormal for over 30 years but is also a history & heritage enthusiast. She has been a volunteer guide, Information Officer and the official Paranormal Researcher at the Adelaide Gaol since 2002.

Alison also loves a good mystery and authored her book ‘Ghosts of the Past’ on the 10 years of paranormal research that she and her team, Paranormal Field Investigators conducted at the Adelaide Gaol.

She also runs Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons, which operates Ghost Tours and Dark History Tours in the Adelaide Gaol, at Z Ward, National Railway Museum, Tailem Town, Adelaide Arcade, Moonta and Burra.


Kag Allwood - Blogger Haunted Horizons

Kag Allwood: The paranormal has always been a life-long interest of hers, but not something she ever thought of taking up seriously. She now works for Adelaide Haunted Horizons as part of the Management Team. Kag is also a lead guide, event organiser, as well as researches and writes her own tours.

She is an experienced, active paranormal investigator and has investigated numerous known haunted locations throughout the world.

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